browsing giraffe taken from upstairs verandahverandah on ground floor

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

3 Bedrooms

3 Beds

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

3 Bedrooms

3 Beds

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About this listing

This three-bed property, with spacious verandah, sits in an old stone quarry with views to Nairobi National Park. If you are seeking tranquility within 30 minutes of the city in an area of outstanding natural beauty, then this is the place for you.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $13 / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee: $26
Security Deposit: $129
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price: $142 / night


The space

Quarry Cottage is stone built with an open plan living space, artisan-made furniture, two double and one single bedroom, a bathroom with shower and bath, rooftop verandah. The 4 m wide verandah on three sides of the house provides a natural viewing platform to the park and is furnished with a large dining table, safari chairs, and a sofa. If the weather proves a bit chilly, then a fire can be lit indoors.
The cottage sits within a 2 acre plot all of which is accessible by guests.

Guest access

Bed and breakfast : currently not available.

I have space for a maximum of 5 people in two doubles and one single. The house costs 10 000 ksh per night for up to 6 nights. Ask for rates if staying longer.

The minimum booking period is 2 nights. This arrangement gives access to all three bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 5 people on a self-catering basis.

Currently a long term let for the whole house costs 10 000 ksh per night/60 000 per week with a slightly higher rate for Christmas (24, 25, 26 December) and New Year (31, 1, 2 January) : 12 000 per night.
This includes the services of a gardener who can provide seasonal produce from the vegetable garden and deal with any issues relating to the house and its surroundings.

I or a friend will welcome you to Quarry Cottage, and be available on call in case of any issues arising within the property. It is a simple functional space with gas/electric cooker, fridge, washing machine, all available for the use of guests.

Interaction with guests

I look forward to inviting you into my home and will be only too happy to show you around and help you out with any queries. Dietary requirements should be stated at time of booking so that I have time to buy the right ingredients for a tasty breakfast!

The neighborhood

I love the area I live in. Not only is there a swimming pool at the lodge a few km away, but there are also 2 restaurants in close proximity. The cul-de-sac the house is set on is rough but scenic and provides the ideal site for jogging and walking. It leads to Masai Gate, an entrance to Nairobi National Park, and impala, zebra and even eland are regularly seen on the roadsides. Kitengela Glass is a short hike or 20 minute drive away - not to be missed. The Dame Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage is also nearby - about a 20 minute drive - and the city itself 30-40 minutes away. Quarry Cottage is the ideal base for exploring Nairobi and its surroundings, with easy access to Karen and its many attractions eg The Giraffe Centre, The Karen Blixen Museum, MatBronze.

Getting around

The best way to access this property and to move around Nairobi is by car or taxi. There is plenty of space for parking next to the property and the access road is passable in all weathers. Public means - matatus, motorbikes - can drop you at the Community Police Post at the end of the tarmac road a few km away and then one can hire a tuk tuk, motorbike, or taxi, or walk along to the house.

Other things to note

Other visitors to be aware of are baboons, who can be alarming. Ignore them and they will go away. Make sure your car doors and the front door to the house are closed when they are nearby.

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)

I am a non-smoker and therefore don't allow smoking inside. Sorry! I also cannot allow dogs or any other pets.
This is my home and please treat it as you would your own, with care. Please let my friend (host) know if you break anything so that it can be repaired/ replaced. We are in a water-scarce area down here on the Maasai plains so do use water sparingly - it comes from a borehole and is a non-renewable resource! Sewage enters into a septic tank so only toilet paper into the toilet please.
On arrival you will find a Safety Card with useful numbers.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
First aid kit
Safety card

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

13 Reviews

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Markus User Profile
July 2016
We (two adults, 16years-old son, 14years-old daughter) stayed in Jo's scenic cottage for several days. The house is beautiful with more than enough space for our family and is surrounded by a nice garden. It is tastefully equipped with a lot of local art and its situation directly at the Nairobi national park is unbeatable. Every morning we stood up early to observe the sunrise from the roof terrace. We could spot zebras, crowned cranes, antelopes, bamboons, vervet monkeys, and a rhino. During the night we were listening to the roaring lions and observed a bushbaby in the garden. We always felt safe in the neighbourhood and walked every day to the local stores to buy fruits, fresh milk etc. The center of Nairobi is quite far away. So, in order to reach other places in Nairobi, one should consider renting a car (although Jo helped us with a contact to a friendly taxi driver, who e.g. picked us up at the airport). Jo was extremely helpful in many aspects of our stay and travel. Furthermore close to the house lives Christopher, who acts as a caretaker and gardener of the cottage and even provided us with tasty vegetables grown on his plot. He also is an extremely helpful and kind person. In conclusion, I can fully recommend this place!
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Thank you Markus, I really appreciate your wonderful review. I am so glad you had such a good time. Welcome again!
July 2016

Heather User Profile
June 2016
My husband and three kids stayed in this cozy cottage for a week and loved every minute of it. The view from the upper porch is amazing and definitely a highlight of our trip. We were able to see most animals (giraffes, zebras, rhinos, warthogs, tons of antelope, monkeys, water buffalo, and more) all without having the expenditures of actually entering the national park itself. There is a set of binoculars in the cottage, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring an extra pair if you have a larger family. The upper room is currently without glass in the windows, so not the best place for sleeping in the cooler weather, but our kids loved that the bush babies would playfully make their way in and out of the room in the mornings. For us it was a highlight as they never made their way anywhere else in the house and were easily scared off once we approached. We loved the cooler temperatures this time of year and fully took advantage of sitting by the fireplace each morning and night. The cottage is a bit shaded making it cooler on the inside so I would recommend bringing a few extra blankets. We brought three and used them a lot (we live in a much hotter climate year round so to us it may have seemed colder). Christopher, who also lives on the grounds was great about providing us with firewood each day as well as taking care of all our trash. He was also great about answering all of our questions and took us on walks near the river to look for animals as well. Jo was a great host and recommended a driver who was able to drive us around town throughout the week to numerous places including the giraffe center and elephant orphanage. He was always on time and helpful, but be aware that taxis in Nairobi can be quite costly. We were thankful for the kitchen in the cottage where we prepared most of our meals, however you may want to bring a vegetable peeler and measuring spoons/cups. I would highly recommend Dari restaurant for a great breakfast and there are several lodges nearby within walking distance were you can also go for lunch or dinner. We particularly enjoyed the Masai Lodge with its beautiful views of the river gorge. You don’t want to miss the very unique glass companies that are located almost directly across from the Masai Lodge. The suspension bridge to get across may seem intimidating, but our 6 and 9 year olds even managed to get across. The walk along the way is also full of wildlife such as zebra and antelope. Overall, we loved the fun, creative and slightly rustic feel of the cottage. It was much needed quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of our normal everyday city life in Tanzania.
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
The open room has windows on one side only and otherwise has security grills to keep out baboons, etc. It is lovely in the warmer times of the year, with cool breezes blowing in but I take your point about letting people know. What a wonderful review, thank you.
June 2016

Shirley User Profile
March 2016
We were collected by John (driver, recommended by Jo). He became our tour guide as we visited the many local close attractions - wildlife of the Giraffe Centre and the David Shelrick Trust, markets, historical places - Karen Blixen House, glass recycling studio, Masai Lodge, etc. It was awesome to return back to the Cottage watching the wildlife in the park whilst relaxing over an evening meal and a few cool drinks and with the knowledge of we needed anything, Christopher (handyman) was near by. An awesome place to stay....a home away from home!!!!
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Shirley thank you so much for your lovely comments! I am really glad you enjoyed staying in the house. What a location for so many sights. And John is a great guy to show you around. Come again soon!
March 2016

Amy User Profile
February 2016
Jo was very patient and accommodating with my many questions and requests. The cottage is in the most amazing location, looking directly over Nairobi National Park. The experience is unique because it's like you're out on safari, but with the convenience of Nairobi nearby. I heard a lion roaring every night while I was there, but still felt safe. Amazing experience! The caretaker Christopher was always checking in to make sure I was okay and he was willing to run quick errands for me when needed. Since the location is more remote, the closest store for supplies is either a 30 min walk or a quick boda boda ride for 300 KES. The cottage itself is charming, bohemian and spacious. The bed was very comfortable and I had to remind myself to get out of it and go look at the animals.
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay so much Amy. It really is a wonderful location and home and I am glad to be able to share it. I too would love a comfy sofa so your comment about a place to relax is well taken... Thank you!
February 2016

Catherine User Profile
December 2015
A superb stay! Nicely positioned outside the park with gorgeous views from the top balcony. It was a tight squeeze with the four of us in the living space but had it have been warmer we certainly would've eaten a lot more meals outside. A tranquil spot that we could easily visit again.

David User Profile
September 2015
This home is the perfect balance between the rugged rural African lifestyle we dream about, and the comfort and style of what we are used to in the West. We chose it as our team base, enjoying the seclusion and wildlife, while still being close to transport links to the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. We extended our stay for an extra week after realising nothing else would rival the experience. The views over the national park are amazing, which teams with wildlife. Really highly recommended!
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Hi David, sorry about the lack of duvet - bringing an extra one with me when I return... So glad you enjoyed your Quarry Cottage experience, it is good to be able to share this space and experience with others. All the best, Jo
September 2015

Britta User Profile
September 2015
We spent a great weekend at Jo's cottage. The location is perfect, the house very special and the view from the balcony stunning! Thanks, Jo, for welcoming us in your house. The kids and I enjoyed it a lot!
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Great Britta,so glad you had a good time. Spread the word... best wishes, jo
September 2015

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Jo User Profile

Having lived and worked in conflict zones across Africa and within Europe (Kosovo) I greatly value my current location on the edge of Nairobi National Park. It is peaceful and yet within minutes I can join the hustle and bustle of the city, and meet up with friends in one of the many coffee houses. This area is perfect for contemplation. Wildlife including a huge selection of birds abounds. I feel so privileged to have found this spot and enjoy sharing its natural beauty with visitors.
I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and have a flat there which is also available for lets. Golden light on sandstone, views to the sea, the world's first 'skyscrapers' ie tenement flats, not to mention the fascinating range of historic buildings and landscape, all in one city! The Athens of the North still surprises me on my frequent return visits. And we are in interesting times politically. Scotland may not be independent but the debate leading up to the referendum in September 2014 has had a lasting legacy : greater public participation in defining and realising a United Kingdom that all its citizens can be proud of.

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